National Take a Hike Day: A Guide to Hiking With Your Dog

National Take a Hike Day: A Guide to Hiking With Your Dog

National Take a Hike Day is an opportunity to explore new trails or favorites with your four-legged friend. This blog post will provide tips on how to make the most of hiking with your dog. So grab your furry friend and their leash, and let's hit the trail!

Are You Prepped for Your Hike?

Hiking with your dog can be done almost anywhere. Whether you live in the city or country, there are likely parks or trails perfect for exploring; just make sure your dog is allowed on the land where you plan to hike. If you're unsure where to start, a quick internet search will help you find parks or trails close to home. Once you have a few options in mind, it's time to hit the trail!

What to Bring With You

Before heading out on your hike, be sure to pack all of the necessary supplies for both you and your dog. This includes:

  • Water - Need to stay hydrated
  • Food or snacks to keep you both going
  • Bowls
  • A first-aid kit - Can never be too prepared for accidents
  • Poo bags - No one wants to leave a mess behind!
  • Any other items that you may need along the way


Leashed Dog on Trail

Follow the rules of B.A.R.K.

  • Bag your pet’s waste
  • Always leash your pet
  • Respect wildlife
  • Know where you can go

Keeping Everyone Safe

Don’t always assume your dog can hike everywhere you are. Staying on a leash is another crucial behavior. Your dog doesn't have to walk right next to you, but dragging them through the woods (or vice versa, them pulling you through the woods) isn't the point of hiking. If something happens and you drop the leash or your dog's collar breaks, make sure you can call them back with just your voice. You won't be able to keep them safe if you can't see them at all times.

It’s also very important to remember to have fun!

Playing in the water

Now that you're all set, it's time to enjoy the great outdoors with your furry friend. Take in the fresh air and admire the beautiful scenery while getting some exercise at the same time. And who knows, maybe you'll even make some new friends along the way! Be sure to share the images from your hike with us @vitalpetlife using the hashtag #nationalhikeday.

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